Friday, March 16, 2012

Two Blobs, and Jeffrey Catherine Jones

I saw a terrific post of Jeffrey Catherine Jones illustrations (That's hers above) over at Golden Age Comic Stories blog.  Tons of black and white panels i'd not seen before. Totally worth checking out.

I keep coming back to Jones's work. It dovetails so many things I've been searching for on my own stuff for some reason. Minimal line work, yet painterly in that N.C. Wyth, Harvey Dunn, Frank Schoonover, way.  Yet, i always felt Jones' work had an intimate voice all her own.  Like Moebius... (though in a totally different way), her pen/brush strokes... suggested so much volume and form, yet always did so with such economy and brevity.

Meanwhile, back here on earth, the rest of us struggle on.

Here's a curious one: I took an old abstract painting on rough press watercolor paper and turned it over to the back, guess what i found?

A bleed through of the color from the front. But only in these two spots.

It got inspired (by a totally stupid waste of time). Why not try to make these two shapes into something else? So let's see... what could connect these two blobs?

How about a surreal branch of some plant? i know, an orange branch? I'll see where it goes though.. at a pot at the bottom.

Adding some pen likes, which i'll soften and blend with water in a sec.  Just following along blindly here. But there's little at stake, so i can always bail if it goes south on me.

Still a litte too timid. What i'm worried about is adding so much pen lines to these blobs, they'll lose whatever abstract charm that had to begin with.

Throw in some white highlights,

Again, looks horrible this close, doesn't it? Might look equally distressing when were finished too, that's always the risk.

I still think i should blend these pen lines a little more... but i'm afraid of losing the original blob color altogether.  Okay, time to abandon ship for now, leave well enough alone.

Sort of a mixed bag this time. But the point of this blog, like the art books, is no secrets. Sometimes i'll lead us down a blind alley, sometimes we get a surprise. Having the guts to try, and often fail, is the thing binds us all together.

I was amazed when Moebus once wrote how much he struggled inking blonde hair.  It wasn't that he had trouble with it,  many artists do... it was the fact someone of his stature, admitted to it. It blew my mind he's be so open, so honest about struggling with anything at his level. Where as, to me, he was, (and is), an artistic Genius irregardless.  From what i've read, Jeff Catherine Jones too was savagely honest her work, openly admitting the 'disasters' along with her successes. It only makes me admire them all the more.

So, i figure it's these two giants are brave enough to expose their own imagined 'weaknesses',  they kinda help the rest of us have compassion for my own artistic hick-ups and flubs, eh?

Have a stress-free weekend folks!

- Sam


Lutz A.D. said...

"Having the guts to Try, and often fail, is the that binds us all together."

inspiring words! your blog always lifts my artistic spirits, cheers!

juvinwo said...

Wow. What a beautiful piece Sam!

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Unhinged Entertainment said...

personally think the tree was a smashing success. but than again everything you do to me is amazing, you could smear elephant dung on a fan blade and i'm sure i'd say "BRILLEANT"!

the danman can said...

the danman can said...

^ This relates to Maxximum Sound, Sam.

Finally reading Batman: TTLG now!

Stivo79 said...

Hey Sam, glad to see you're still working on stuff. Great stuff at that. I've missed out on alot of comics over the years, including most of your work since The Maxx. We don't have a local omic shop so i either gotta drive an hour(which i can't do that for awhile since i got a dui) or order online, which i've just recently started. Got alot of catching up to do. Anyways, I'm the guy with the Maxximum Sound question. Thought I'de beg for forgiveness for straying before pointing that out. :)

Marcus Collar said...

amazing work! as always!

go freelancers go!

Sam Kieth said...

Hey gang,

Glad your all more optimistic about my blobby tree than i am! : )

Far as old maxx merch, or the cassette soundtrack, sorry, but i avoid dredging up old Maxx stuff. My fans probably know more about this stuff than i can even remember at this point. I don't wanna rain on anyone's nostalgic parade if they enjoy it. All i can say us, happy hunting.

I'm working on some cool new stuff to post this week, plus some NEWS to share too... so hang in there!

- sam

Stivo79 said...

That's ok. I've had the demo tape with Spider-man Torment and the sound and music ideas for Maxximum sound forever, just recently found it and was wondering how many there were and if it was you doin the sound tests. Not sure where else to ask.

Stivo79 said...

It's a nice tree to, by the way. And I'll be looking for your Batman and Alien stuff, definately.

jennifer kraska said...

I admire your 'no secrets' attitude toward the blog. I wish I could be that brave.
Oh, and the tree is cool.

the danman can said...

Thanks for the response, Sam. :)

If anyone wants to contact me through my blog about getting a digital copy of Maxx Sound or the demo tape I would appreciate it.

Take care all.

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